Apple MacBook Pro


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NameApple MacBook Pro
ProcessorIntel Core 2 Duo
Screen15.4“ WXGA+ or 17” WSXGA+ Widescreen
HDD200GB to 250GB
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
GraphicsNVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT
NetworkEthernet, AirPort Extreme 802.11abgn, Bluetooth

Linux Compatibility

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EthernetNot Tested
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BluetoothNot Tested
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FirewireNot Tested
ExpressCard SlotNot Tested
CameraNot Tested


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Richard A. Allcorn, 2013/01/11 16:23

Ok, here's my conundrum … (problem)

I love LINUX …
I've been using LINUX for years on my ThinkPad notebook. However, with the iPhone, iPad, etc. there are a few things I need the Mac-OSx for, like “syncing”, music management in iTunes, etc.

There are things that just work better with Mac-OSx …
Evernote - not a really good client for LINUX yet
SKYPE - does not support the multiple-video chatting

These are but a few … Listen guys. LINUX is obviously better. I mean, though the Mac is running on UNIX, it's a stripped down peculiar version. LINUX “has” the capability of doing a much better job in just about every area! WHY, oh why, have we not developed a “dummied up” GUI interface for users (Like Apple has for the Mac) so that user's will embrace LINUX?

Now, my interest here is to get a Macbook Aire, or the new Macbook Pro “Lite” (no DVD, thinner) and with the most RAM I can put in it, and the largest hard storage, run LINUX in a virtual session.

Anybody done this yet?

James, 2013/01/04 04:17

I have a 13-inch macbook pro 7,1 It runs the core duo chip, and came with 4 GB RAM, and a 250GB HDD. I upgraded the RAM to 8 GB and the HDD to 500GB.

Installed Ubuntu 12.04 in a dual boot system with Mountain Lion. Everything works perfectly with the exception of the disk eject. The keyboard button does not eject the cd. Brasero also does not eject the CD.

Tried 12.10 and it had display issues after the install from the live CD.

Vincent, 2012/01/13 14:25

I have a Macbook Pro 1.2 (first intel 17” wit Core Duo) Ubuntu 11.10 works, but I'm disappointed by the performance in regard to OS X.

The Blutooth does not work, i'ts recognised, I see the devices, but can't connect to them.
Battery life is almost 1/2 compared to OS X.
The Touchpad, so good in OS X that I'll never wanted to use it with a mouse is suddenly sluggish under Ubuntu, looks like the touchpad resolution is divided by 4…
SPDIF optical output is always on.
The webcam does not work.

I did not test Firewire and IR reciever.
Everything else is ok.

ZardoTagore, 2012/01/12 17:21

Hi All. I test MacBookPro 2.2 whit many Linux Distro. He work well; Linux Mint and Ubuntu have many features implemented for Mac and is easy way for make end configuration work. Remember: Pommed for Keyboard BackLight and special function control, Ati is work well with Gallium but Proprietary Driver is tremendous installation, like many other ATI New Board (Not Mac Problem ) but OpenSuse have workaround ^__^, WebCam can use but he want use original firmware (Apple BLA BLA!). Many time some distro; when choice keyboard and use: USA Keyboard, USA Mac keyboard; automatically install pommed. Only touchpad; do not like work under linux have move like zap. :-\

Rich Allcorn, 2011/03/30 18:36

I love the hardware, but want the LINUX OS … the MAC OS/X would be a nice fallback, but I'm really interested in running openSUSE LINUX 11.4 on it.

Anybody done it yet? (I don't have one to try it or I would have by now)


Kuranes, 2011/04/20 10:28

I'm single booting Linux Mint 10 on it (MacBookPro3,1 17” from late 2007). Wireless drivers may or may not work with actual kernels (lots of disconnections) and sound is not as good as the crystal clear sound from MacOS. I never managed to make Firewire work. Everything else is perfect.

If you do a single boot on linux, don't forget to lower the startup sound level to the one that pleases your ears, as you won't be able to change it anymore.

mathew, 2010/12/23 16:31

The touchpad is incredible for web browsing. I have been using PCs notebooks for years, and I have never liked touchpads, but this has proved to be an exception. I can easily do two-button clicking, scrolling with two fingers, and going back and forth through pages with three fingers. I find I no longer do I have to lug around a USB mouse (except if I want to some gaming). See Here: <a href=“” rel=“external”>Apple MacBook MC516LL/A 13.3-Inch Laptop</a>

Merry chan, 2010/12/08 09:08

Apple macbook pro is a perfect laptop, I like it.

Run it with APPLE PowerBook G4 12 Series Battery, good since I purchased!

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